Universitatea din București, Facultatea de Litere; University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters
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The Graduates: The American Model and the Romanian Poets of the 80’s
Abstract: The current study is both an inventory and an interrogation: on the one hand, it makes an inventory of the dynamics of affinities that the poets of the Monday Literary Circle (and, by extension, of the 1980s’ generation) felt for the American literary model; on the other hand, it questions the genuine nature of this relationship, that is often inflated in recollection. Are Cărtărescu, Coșovei, Iaru, Bucur and the others just mere local Beatniks, as they have been accused (and were never prompt in refuting)? How do they themselves define this relationship? A possible answer might be found at the end of the analysis, where I introduce a (never before published) document: Traian T. Coșovei’s Bachelor thesis.
Keywords: Beat Generation, Monday Literary Circle, 80s poetry, poetic influence, Eugen Barbu, Nicolae Manolescu, Mircea Cărtărescu, Alexandru Mușina, Romulus Bucur, Traian T. Coșovei.
Citation suggestion: Ciotloș, Cosmin. “Absolvenții: modelul American și poeții optzeciști”. Transilvania, no. 6 (2021): 01-10.